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NCHS Junior Launches ‘Fashion Forward’ To Collect Prom Dresses for Open Doors in Norwalk

Last year, [Adelaide] Tuff held a clothing drive for the Open Doors “Community Closet,” a free store where families in need can shop for seasonal clothing, shoes and household necessities. She led an effort to collect 45 large bags of clothing—about 1,500 items for the Community Closet. This year, Tuff—who is interested in fashion—has a …

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Norwalk’s bid to end homelessness is complicated by rising rent and lack of housing

Less than two years ago, Michele Conderino said Norwalk was well-positioned to end homelessness here. In summer 2022, there were seven people living homeless without shelter in the city, said Conderino, executive director of Open Doors, a housing and homeless service organization in Norwalk. With local social service groups like Open Doors and Norwalk Housing …

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Norwalk’s Open Doors distributes free food for Easter meals: ‘Do something special’

Open Doors, a nonprofit organization based in the city, distributed free food to over 135 of its clients so they could prepare holiday meals for Easter. Clients who signed up in advance received either ham or fish along with other fixings to prepare a full Easter meal. “The need for food in our community continues …

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Norwalk’s Oak Grove housing development will help ‘break the cycle of poverty’ when completed

Michele Conderino, executive director of the Open Doors nonprofit that looks to ease homelessness, said the new housing development’s community benefits are twofold. First, meeting multiple points of income helps those who have been “priced out” of Norwalk, Conderino said. Second, it helps the “struggle with a rise of homelessness,” she said.  The 18 units …

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Norwalk Oak Grove affordable housing project breaks ground on 69 units: ‘Desperate need’

After securing millions in public and private financing, the Oak Grove project to build 69 affordable units off West Cedar Road is underway. State, local, and project leaders gathered to celebrate the teamwork that went into coordinating funding for this project that will provide units for tenants making 30 to 80 percent below the area …

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Open Doors in Norwalk distributes Thanksgiving baskets to families

Open Doors in Norwalk is distributing Thanksgiving turkey dinner baskets to over 250 local families. Volunteers from the First Congregational Church of Darien were at Open Doors on Tuesday morning to help hand out turkeys and all the trimmings for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Workers say the need for help …

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Norwalk school supply donations offer ‘boost of confidence’ to students

Backpack drives across the city are providing relief to hundreds of families who may struggle with the cost of back-to-school shopping this fall. “Backpack and school supply donations are such a huge help because they help parents make sure their children are prepared for school and don’t feel like they have to go without, and …

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